The fourth and final Test between Australia and India is all set for a final day showdown as rain interrupted the final session of Day 4 in Brisbane on Monday. While Steve Smith helped the hosts build a sizeable total with his brisk 55, the day belonged to Mohammed Siraj as he led the Indian bowling attack with his maiden Test fifer. India could play only one over before rain suspended play.
The inexperienced Indian bowling attack rose to the occasion once again as Siraj and Thakur shared nine wickets between them. After a good start from David Warner and Marcus Harris, Siraj and Thakur clawed back into the game to strike Australia within a span of six overs.
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It was Thakur who drew first blood as he dismissed Harris. Warner fell prey to Washington Sundar getting his leg stuck in front of the wicket. Labuschagne who got a first innings hundred nicked one to the slip off Siraj. Wade returned without scoring as Siraj struck again,
Smith and Cameron Green worked on the unexpected bounce and movement off the Gabba pitch as they kneaded a pivotal 73-run partnership for the sixth wicket. Smith batted with aggression while Green gave him the support. It was an uneven bounce which caught Smith off guard as he nicked the ball to gully.
The Aussie skipper got off the mark after a fiery spell from Siraj. Thakur returned to remove Green with a fine delivery which was nicked to the slip. Not long after Paine nicked one short off Thakur which went straight to Rishabh Pant. Pat Cummins stretched the lead as he batted on with Lyon, Starc and Hazelwood.
Siraj and Thakur did their part to wrap up Australia’s innings on 294. Siraj got his maiden Test five wicket haul, while Thakur returned with four. Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill remained unbeaten after one over as India ended on 4/0. The downpour didn’t allow any more overs to transpire as Gabba awaits an electrifying finale.
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